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by Tony Hague
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Raised bed the Hugel way
Replies: 3
Views: 24

Re: Raised bed the Hugel way

I have tried it. Dug a hollow, put in some partly rotten pear tree, an ash trunk, some stumps etc. Covered with a layer of green waste, then soil. The results have been unexciting either way. I had my reservations; wood, especially hardwoods, takes a long time to decompose when completely burried. A...
by Tony Hague
Sat May 30, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Greenhouse shade netting
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: Greenhouse shade netting

What I don't understand is green shading netting. Seems like an error. Many plants are sensitive to green light and grow upwards in response - a competition mechanism. Some ornamental plants are grown under magenta filters - exactly the opposite - to encourage compact, stocky plants. Having said tha...
by Tony Hague
Fri May 08, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Cucumber with yellowing leaves
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Cucumber with yellowing leaves

Cucumbers that have gone floppy on me have always had same sort of stem rot. They don't recover. I lost my first lot like that last year. I don't know if it was something in ths compost, or it was poorly draining, or I just planted them too deep. When I have the choice, I'd use a general purpose veg...
by Tony Hague
Tue May 05, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Cucumber with yellowing leaves
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Cucumber with yellowing leaves

I should say I didn't intend that to advocate peat based composts - just that you might need to adjust your feeding regime. I've used New Horizons for many years, and as I've often said, the only thing consistent about it is that the bag size will be smaller than last years. Last years seemed quite ...
by Tony Hague
Tue May 05, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Cucumber with yellowing leaves
Replies: 15
Views: 761

Re: Cucumber with yellowing leaves

I read somewhere 3 tips for growing cucumbers. 1: never let their growth be stalled by not potting them on when needed. 2: remember, although they are in the same greenhouse, they are a squash, not a tomato ! Use feed with enough N, not tomato feed that is mostly K. 3: I forgot no 3 :oops: I would a...
by Tony Hague
Mon May 04, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Bread flour
Replies: 19
Views: 917

Re: Bread flour

I just found bread flour in Morrisons. Only in 16kg sacks though. Now I need to bake ~30 loaves. With one packet of yeast - I may have to breed my own !
by Tony Hague
Mon May 04, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Age-related lockdown!
Replies: 18
Views: 772

Re: Age-related lockdown!

If I recall correctly, some fit people have suffered quite badly from the virus; being fit is no guarantee of being safe. Personally think talk of an age related phased end to lockdown being "ageist" is ridiculous. It's like saying prostate cancer should be banned for being sexist ! Nature...
by Tony Hague
Sun May 03, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: low temperature in dawn and night in may -- threating runner bean vine ?
Replies: 13
Views: 516

Re: low temperature in dawn and night in may -- threating runner bean vine ?

Not much help with runner beans I know, but the lack of aviation putting reflective water vapour into the upper atmosphere may account for an extra degree or so warmer by day and colder by night - extra caution needed this year.
by Tony Hague
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Running low on seed compost. Suggestions?
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Running low on seed compost. Suggestions?

A local- ish Frosts garden centre (Milton Keynes) are still delivering for orders over £60 up to 15 miles, for £5, so I got supplies of feeds and compost. Worth checking the individual store's website - they weren't set up for internet shopping, so it was more like give us your wish list and we'll s...
by Tony Hague
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Do you have new live Christmas tree every year?
Replies: 15
Views: 1341

Re: Do you have new live Christmas tree every year?

We do. But nothing is wasted, what won't shred for composting goes in the stove the following year. Our soil tends towards alkaline, so composted pine needles make a good mulch where the pH would be better a bit lower. In fact I also scrounge other trees from the neigbourhood for this too :oops: The...
by Tony Hague
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Planting broad bean seeds end November
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

Re: Planting broad bean seeds end November

How strange. A problem I've never had. But I do have to clear up frequently after neighbours cats s**ting amongst them, which might be linked.
by Tony Hague
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Planting broad bean seeds end November
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

Re: Planting broad bean seeds end November

What is all this fuss sowing broad beans under glass in pots ? Mine go straight in the ground, in November. Suitable varieties (Aquadulce, Sutton, de Monica, ...) will do fine provided the ground is free draining. What you want is good root system development over winter, not a lot of top growth whi...
by Tony Hague
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Burnt Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 1145

Re: Burnt Wood

I don't know about preserving, but one of my green woodworker friends went through a phase of finishing everything by charring with a blowtorch, then linseed oil. Produces a beautiful black finish, with the wood grain highlighted.
by Tony Hague
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Red spider mite and aphids
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

Re: Red spider mite and aphids

I once used a sulphur candle in my greenhouse. Never again, set every bit of metalwork corroding.
by Tony Hague
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: recommendations for tomato varieties?
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: recommendations for tomato varieties?

Franchi Red Pear. Big, fleshy fruit for either sandwiches or culinary use.

The recent "blue" varieties, Indigo apple and Indigo blue beauty have great flavour as well as an interesting colour.

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